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SITE NEWS

A. Footballguys Players Championship Early Bird Deal Ends June 30
The Footballguys Players Championship is the place to play for mid stakes online leagues. It's a 1.8 Million Dollar prize pool with a $250,000 Grand Prize. Register before Thursday, June 30th, 2016 and receive a complimentary subscription to Footballguys.com Insider PRO ($34.95 value). Purchase a 3-pack of FPC teams for $1,000 and receive a complimentary 3-year subscription ($72.95 value). If you already have a Footballguys.com Insider membership, the complimentary years will be added to the end of your current subscription.

B. Mock Drafting From The Late Round Draft Position
I'm sorry but I made an error in yesterday's email update and gave out the wrong link for this article. The headline link should be correct now taking you to our Chad Parsons navigating a 2016 mock draft from a late-round draft position. Apologies for my error.

C. Offensive Line Notes: Training Camp Battles
Our Matt Bitonti with an in-depth look at the positions up for grabs this preseason, and the players to watch in training camp.

D. Most Significant Veteran Movement: RB
Our Footballguys Staff dives into the veteran RBs who moved this offseason.

E. Most Significant Rookie Addition: TE
Our Footballguys Staff dives into the rookie TEs they're watching.

F. Eyes of the Guru Preseason Part 2: NFC North
Our John Norton with an overview of defenses in the NFC North with an emphasis on individual defensive players and their fantasy value.

G. Player Spotlight: Su'a Cravens
Our Footballguys Player Spotlights dive deep to predict how a player will perform in 2016. In this one, our Daniel Simpkins looks at Su'a Cravens.

H. Player Spotlight: Deion Jones
Our Footballguys Player Spotlights dive deep to predict how a player will perform in 2016. In this one, our Daniel Simpkins looks at Deion Jones.

I. Player Spotlight: Scooby Wright III
Our Footballguys Player Spotlights dive deep to predict how a player will perform in 2016. In this one, our Daniel Simpkins looks at Scooby Wright III.

J. Player Spotlight: Karl Joseph
Our Footballguys Player Spotlights dive deep to predict how a player will perform in 2016. In this one, our Daniel Simpkins looks at Karl Joseph.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. PIT - Le'Veon Bell targets third preseason game
2. DAL - Ezekiel Elliott could see big workload
3. CLE - Robert Griffin III has been underwhelming so far
4. NE - WR Danny Amendola feeling good
5. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota just wants to win
6. OAK - WR Amari Cooper feeling comfortable
7. CLE - Scooby Wright drawing praise
8. SEA - WR Jeff Fuller waived/injured
9. NYG - RB Andre Williams fighting for spot?
10. SEA - Zac Brooks full go
11. SEA - C.J. Prosise needs good camp
12. SEA - Nick Vannett a pleasant surprise

1. PIT - Le'Veon Bell targets third preseason game

Source: NFL.com - Conor Orr

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) is optimistic to be ready by the third preseason game.

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Bell may actually be ready to play at that time, but the Steelers may not want to risk anything by playing their superstar back in an exhibition game. If he does play in Week 3 of the preseason, we'd imagine that Bell would play a limited number of snaps. The plan is to have him ready for Week 1 of the regular season. At this time, things seem to be on track.

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2. DAL - Ezekiel Elliott could see big workload

Source: DallasCowboys.com - David Helman

Dallas Cowboys rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott could receive 280 to 300 carries in his rookie season, in the opinion of David Helman of dallascowboys.com.

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Those numbers should make fantasy owners drool. The rookie RB has the upside to be one of the best in the game, and Elliott should make an immediate (and huge) impact in the NFL. The only RB to get 300 carries last year was Adrian Peterson (Vikings), and the next closest starter was Doug Martin (Buccaneers) at 288 carries. Elliott will be the centerpiece of the Cowboys offense in 2016, and he could finish the year as a top-5 fantasy RB. We currently have him a little lower than that in the RB 7-9 range. His current ADP is RB6 (2.03) in 12-team PPR leagues so it looks like everyone else is high on him too.

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3. CLE - Robert Griffin III has been underwhelming so far

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III will have to earn the starting job during the offseason, training camp and the preseason. Beat writer Tony Grossi said in a radio interview Monday, June 27, that Griffin has been underwhelming. 'He is learning a new offense. First of all he is healthy, he's very healthy. He looks physically like the old Robert Griffin in that he's moving great, he can zing the ball pretty well, but that's just the first step,' Grossi said.

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Griffin is trying to revamp his pro career after things fell apart in Washington. He's healthy now, and his athleticism gives him a great advantage. However, he needs to be better as a passer and make plays with his arm under pressure. We'll see if Griffin can beat out Josh McCown for the starting job. But watch this one closely as if he wins the job, his ceiling could make him a value at the likely super cheap price where you'll be able to obtain him.

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4. NE - WR Danny Amendola feeling good

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (ankle, knee) said he feels really good after undergoing two minor procedures this offseason.

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There's no word on whether or not Amendola will be ready to go by the start of training camp, but this report seems to indicate that he will. He played through about half of last year with a knee problem and was able to snare 65 catches for 648 yards and three touchdowns. Other targets could emerge behind TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Julian Edelman this season, and thus Amendola is mostly just a player for the waiver-wire speed dial for fantasy owners.

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5. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota just wants to win

Source: Daily Press - Dave Johnson

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota said he will hand the ball off 40 times if that's what it takes to win. 'That's what's important to me, to (give) us an opportunity to win,' Mariota said. 'Having those two workhorses back there should help us out.'

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The Titans have a rushing game led by DeMarco Murray with rookie Derrick Henry in the mix as well. That facet of their offense should be featured...if the defense can keep the team in games. Mariota's fantasy value will be limited by the nature of the offense, so fantasy owners should look at him as a mid-range QB2. His current ADP is QB16 (11.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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6. OAK - WR Amari Cooper feeling comfortable

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Scott Bair

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper has received praise for his performance during the team's offseason program, and he has continued to build rapport with QB Derek Carr. He has appeared confident and comfortable this spring.

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That's good news for the Raiders (and fantasy owners), but it's bad news for opponents. Cooper has the upside to be the best WR in the game today, and building better chemistry with Carr should only help him perform better in 2016. Last year, Cooper ranked 23rd at the WR position in standard-scoring leagues. This season we won't be surprised to see Cooper finish the year in the top 15. His current ADP is WR12 (2.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. CLE - Scooby Wright drawing praise

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns LB Scooby Wright is exciting the coaching staff so far after offseason workouts. 'He's done an excellent job of trying to learn our defense, working very hard. He's going to have a bright future,' inside linebackers coach Johnny Holland said. Still, the rookie must convince the coaches he can contribute on special teams if he wants to earn a roster spot this summer.

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Wright could be a seventh-round steal for the Browns. Coming out of Arizona this year, Wright was known as a tackling machine with a high motor and great instincts for playing linebacker. Wright reminds many in the scouting community of former Dolphins great Zach Thomas. He's a competitive player who has been a career overachiever.

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8. SEA - WR Jeff Fuller waived/injured

Source: NFL

Seattle Seahawks WR Jeff Fuller (undisclosed) was waived/injured from the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, June 28.

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Undrafted out of Texas A&M in 2012, Fuller has spent time with the Seahawks, Miami Dolphins and he's played in Canada for the Calgary Stampeders. He signed with Seattle back in February but doesn't even make it to training camp with an undisclosed injury.

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9. NYG - RB Andre Williams fighting for spot?

Source: New York Post - Paul Schwartz

New York Giants RBs Andre Williams and Orleans Darkwa are likely competing with each other for a roster spot, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.

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The Giants backfield is a bit of a mess right now. Rashad Jennings should be the starter, but he should split time with Shane Vereen. Rookie Paul Perkins has a bit of Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) to his game and might find his way onto the field as a change-of-pace back. Williams is a two-down back with build-up power and he's not as sure in short-yardage situations as he needs to be. We'll be watching this entire RB corps closely during camp, but Williams is only relevant for dynasty owners at this time.

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10. SEA - Zac Brooks full go

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Zac Brooks (undisclosed) appeared to be full healthy Tuesday, June 28, despite being limited with an undisclosed injury at times this offseason.

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Brooks is an explosive player who can quickly get to top speed. The seventh-round pick will be in the mix for a reserve spot on the roster and will likely have to contribute on special teams to make the 53-man squad. Brooks is not creative as a runner and his best features come through as a receiver out of the backfield.

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11. SEA - C.J. Prosise needs good camp

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise is going to need to have a really good training camp, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll implied that Prosise has been somewhat of a disappointment this offseason, but he did take note of Prosise's athleticism and skill set.

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A hip injury has slowed the rookie during OTAs and minicamp. Prosise was the first one of three RBs selected by the Seahawks in the 2016 NFL draft. A converted WR from Notre Dame, Prosise was the starting RB for the Fighting Irish for only one season. He's got smooth athleticism in the open field, but Prosise needs to learn better timing as a runner. Too often in college he would be too patient waiting for blocks to develop, and thus he would not maximize the yardage gained on the ground. We'll see if he can impress in training camp.

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12. SEA - Nick Vannett a pleasant surprise

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks rookie TE Nick Vannett has exceeded expectations so far in his first offseason. Head coach Pete Carroll said Vannett is a natural pass-catcher despite being billed as more of a blocking tight end. 'He shows the savvy and instincts that you hope a guy has,' Carroll said, adding that QB Russell Wilson has really clicked with Vannett.

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Lance Zierlein, from NFL.com, compared Vannett to Zach Ertz (Eagles) in his draft profile of the Ohio State prospect. We like that comparison as Vannett has a great size/athleticism combination. Vannett has a large catch radius and is not afraid to make catches in traffic. The rookie will be competing for a spot on the depth chart behind starter Jimmy Graham. Vannett is a player we're targeting in deep dynasty leagues.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J